Ukrainians have surprised everyone with their resilience in face of Russian air strikes, ambassador Markarova

2 January, 10:38 PM
The site of a Russian missile strike in Mykolaiv, December 31 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

The site of a Russian missile strike in Mykolaiv, December 31 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

The reaction of Ukrainians to Russian missile attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has surprised the world, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova said in an interview with NV Radio on Jan. 2.

“The way Ukrainians reacted to the latest (Russian) attacks on the energy infrastructure (of Ukraine) has surprised the whole world,” said Markarova.

“There are (occasionally) some blackouts in the United States, which usually last one day. So people understand how difficult it is when you have no water, no electricity. And it urges them to help even more when they see Ukrainians in the same situation saying ‘It's okay, we will overcome this as well. But we won’t give up.”

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Since October 2022, Russian engages in systematic attacks against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, leaving millions of people without electricity and with only intermittent access to central heating or water supply.

On Jan. 2, Russia attacked Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Mykolaiv oblasts with Iranian-made Shahed kamikaze drones, with at least 39 of them getting shot down by Ukraine’s air defenses. This was the third day in a row such an attack took place.

On Dec. 31, Ukraine was targeted by a massive missile attack. Air defense forces shot down 12 of more than 20 Russian cruise missiles. The barrage killed two people and injured 22 –including Japanese journalist Wataru Sekita. 

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